Congressman Cheats, Media Yawns: The Hottest Sex Scandal You Never Heard of
"Uh... why did that one get so much more media interest?"
Well, in all fairness, back then there was the teenage boy angle. Today, we only have a couple of middle-age folks who, judging by the scanty photographic evidence, were lucky to be having sex even with each other. That personal mean-spirited nastiness on my own part aside, what we're dealing with today involves merely a sitting Congressman. Oh -- and his staffer, and large sums of money, and a lawsuit, and a reelection campaign, and graft, and, apparently, a whole lot of dirty, dirty illicit sex. If this were a Peter Greenaway movie, it might be titled, "The Media, Its Congresscritter, His Lover, and Her Lawsuit. And All Her Ill-Gotten Money. And No Cannibalism Of Which We're Aware, Otherwise It Might Make Some Headlines." With a nice Chianti, thpppht, thpppht, thpppht, thpppht.
But honestly, really, now, there's nothing to see here, so move on (dot-org) already.
"Uh... What do you mean, there's nothing to see here?"
Well, when a Republican -- the above-mentioned Mark Foley -- representing the exact same distract got involved in his own scandal, involving no actual sex, no money, and no potential for workplace harassment... well, back then the mainstream media couldn't get enough of it. Glenn Greenwald , that brave liberal soul, took endless delight in questioning the questioners, just to make sure each and every sordid detail made the light of day. And good on him, too, because Foley deserved every hit he took.
Everyone wanted to know what then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert knew, and when he knew it. Current Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a terse statement on Monday ("I just learned today about the serious allegations concerning Congressman Tim Mahoney. These charges must be immediately and thoroughly investigated by the House Ethics Committee"), and no one seems to be pressing her on it.
These days, Greenwald breathlessly reports that Mahoney occupies the same seat once held by that scoundrel Republican Mark Foley. Oooh, there's the saucy angle the MSM missed! Along with Mahoney's other affair...
"Wait... he had a girl on the side of his girl on the side?"
It appears that way, yes. According to this blog report (much easier to find somehow than the MSM version), "a person close to his campaign told the Associated Press that Mahoney also was having an affair with a second woman around the same time." And now the FBI ...
"Uh... the FBI is on this? Why?"
ABC Radio News -- not nearly so sexy as the TV version, but still mainstream -- has audiotape of Mahoney firing Allen. Nastily, too, reminding her that "the only person who matters is -- guess who? -- me ... I'm not negotiating anymore, you're done." And: "If I find out you say anything else, you won't get your last paycheck. That's life." The FBI isn't talking, but it looks from here like Mahoney might have used his power of the purse to blackmail Allen into keeping quiet. This is pretty hot stuff.
And yet... type the words "Mahoney," "Sex," and "Scandal" into Google News' search function, and (as of this evening) you'll get 94 stories. Ninety-four. Which means that, according to all those important editors in the MSM, "Mahoney Sex Scandal" is only about 1/7th as interesting Chain, Link, and Fence , which returns more than 650 stories. That's 650 stories on the innerwebs from the MSM featuring chain link fences.
Are you asleep yet? Mmm, good -- that was the whole point, after all.